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As lockdown restrictions ease and we start to consider travelling again, the future of cross-Channel operator Eurostar remains uncertain.
Eurostar is seeking financial support from the UK Government, citing higher access charges here as a reason.
The French Government has pledged to provide support for the operator, while £200 million has been provided by one of its shareholders, Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec (CDPQ) and Hermes Infrastructure.
Registered in the UK and supporting 3,000 jobs either with the business or in the supply chain, the company is, however, 55% owned by SNCF (French state rail), 40% by CDPQ/Hermes and 5% by SNCB (Belgian state railways).
So: Should the UK Government provide financial assistance to Eurostar?

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Delays to rail services expected over Bank Holiday weekend

Passengers are advised to check before they travel over next week’s Bank Holiday weekend, due to scheduled rail maintenance works being carried out across the UK.

Network Rail will start track and signalling replacement work on May 1, and is due to finish it on May 5. This may mean longer journey times and replacement bus services for some passengers.

Areas affected include Carlisle, Crewe, Wolverhampton and Stafford in the West Midlands, and Tring and Hemel Hempstead in the Home Counties. For details, go to www.nationalrail.co.uk/may.

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  • Andrew Gwilt - 28/04/2015 01:26

    The renewal of replacing 60+ year old Overhead Wires on the GEML is also as important that Network rail are replacing the old overhead wires with new overhead wires and erecting new overhead electrification equipment in East London between Romford and Stratford and between Gidea Park and Shenfield and on the Southend Victoria line in Essex also would be seeing old overhead wires to be replaced with new overhead wires and erecting new overhead electrification equipment as well and new signalling to be accessed to minimise disruptions to trains heading to/from London Liverpool Street.

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